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Vaccination Against Cholera Finally Begins In Haiti

Today, 50,000 people living in the slums of Port-au-Prince will start to get immunized against the disease. This weekend, another 50,000 villagers in the low rice-growing areas of the Artibonite River valley will get their first doses of an oral cholera vaccine. All told, though, the immunization will cover only 1 percent of the Haitian population.

Water In The Time Of Cholera: Haiti's Most Urgent Health Problem

Life for most Haitians is a constant struggle for clean water. And now that cholera has invaded Haiti, safe drinking water has become Haiti's most urgent public health problem. The disease has killed more than 7,000 people since late 2010.

TEDMED Takes Its Big Health Tent To Washington

TEDMED has rolled into the nation's capital, and the conference is drawing hip health care geeks from around the world. Cookie Monster came, too.
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'Seize The Days' Documents A Life With Cancer (Originally broadcast Jan. 6, 2012)

Oncologist Evan Lipson is helping cancer patients share their stores in an audio-recording project known as "Seize the Days."

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Comic Pursues Vision While Losing His Sight (Originally broadcast Dec. 9, 2011)

Justin Purvis is pursuing his dreams of comedy and acting even as he loses his eyesight.


FDA Launches Voluntary Plan to Reduce Use of Antibiotics In Animals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it will collaborate with the livestock industry to reduce the use of antibiotics in animal feed. But activists say a voluntary approach won't go nearly far enough to protect human health.